Carnival Cruise Lines does not allow amateur radios

Discussion in 'On the Road' started by KZ4V, Jan 30, 2017.

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  1. G7GHA

    G7GHA Ham Member QRZ Page

    In the carnival Q and A under prohibited item exemptions. It says nothing about operation though...
    • Musical instruments: Are allowed, however, if a noise complaint is received, the instrument will be confiscated and returned to the guest on debarkation morning
    • Ham radios/amateur radio equipment
    • Google-type glasses are permitted on board in public areas, but cannot be worn at any gangway operation
  2. KA2CZU

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  3. WD0BCT

    WD0BCT Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    I have a suspicion a few "UGLY hams" might have ruined it for all of us.

    It's amazing what a bit of common courtesy can do.

    Same applies to antenna ordinances.
  4. W5PFG

    W5PFG Ham Member QRZ Page

    According to the link posted just above your comments, ham radios are still exempted, meaning they are allowed.
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  5. KB2E

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    It does appear so.
  6. K6CPO

    K6CPO Ham Member QRZ Page

    My wife and I are going to be cruising on Disney later this year (possibly our last cruise for a long time) and I'm planning on bringing an HT, but not for use on the ship. We are traveling from San Diego to Vancouver, BC by train and I want the radio to listen to the train crew during the trip. I really don't care about using it on the ship but I'd rather not have it confiscated as it's just one more thing to worry about.

    When I inquired of the Disney Cruise Line about what constitutes a ham radio and why they were prohibited, they obfuscated their way around my question. They never defined what they considered a "ham" radio to be and they said they were prohibited because of potential interference with the ship's navigational instruments. My answer to that was that I disagreed based on my amateur radio experience and 20 years service as a US Navy navigation specialist. I suspect the real reason they are prohibiting radios is the reason I was given when I was prohibited from bringing a radio into Disneyland. They're worried about us "interfering" (read eavesdropping) on their interior communications.

    Just a heads up if you do take a radio aboard a cruise ship and it's confiscated. Make sure you get a receipt listing the radio's make, model and serial number and either make sure it's locked or remove the battery. A ham friend of mine had his radio confiscated by Princess and when it was returned to him, someone had messed with it and changed all his settings. He had to completely reprogram it when he returned home.
  7. KK5MR

    KK5MR Ham Member QRZ Page

    I've been on 7 Carnival cruises. Most times the captain tells me "yes", but one time he said "no". I'm not sure why, but it seemed arbitrary. My paperwork is all planned out ahead of time. Since all Carnival cruises are flagged as Panama ships, I get an IARP (International Amateur Radio Permit) issued by the ARRL. I print up a "Request Letter" containing my intent to use low-power HF and the freq range along with the transceiver make/model/serial no. I note that the frequencies I plan to use (2o meters) likely won't interfere with anything on-board. The letter mentions that the power and antenna are separate from the ship's infrastructure (I run battery power). The letter stipulates that if the crew asks that I desist for some reason, I will comply. The letter states that I will wear a headset so that there's no unintended noise to other guests. I present this letter (with my stateroom number on it and a copy of my FCC license & IARP) to the Guest Services Desk right when I board with specific instruction that I need the captain's permission. A reply usually comes within 8 hours of boarding. If he says "no", then I spend more time at the pool. I'm not into the casino activities (I tend to lose money just fine without their help). This is the approach I take and the captain has only said "no" on one of those cruises. If a ship's guest is up-front with their request and shows sufficient documentation of intent, then I think any reasonable captain would see that they just want to enjoy a hobby and not intentially bother others doing it. - Mark Rice, KK5MR.
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  8. AJ6KZ

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    I could only "like" your post once, so I'm replying here. I am a new ham and I'm dismayed that the message by a lot of folks is to ignore the rules when you feel like it.
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  9. N2PQW

    N2PQW Ham Member QRZ Page

    "The measure of a man's character is what he would do if he knew he never would be found out."
    - THOMAS BABINGTON MACAULAY (1800-1859) -- British writer and politician

    David / N2PQW
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  10. KA5FZU

    KA5FZU Ham Member QRZ Page

    Tim, contact Debra N5DSR. We sail out of Galveston, TX with two stations. Next cruise is Jan 2021. (KA5FZU)

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